'Smart Handpumps' Handpumps can be better - who is leading the way?
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Drilling a borehole and installing a handpump is a common way to improve access to water for rural (and urban) people in many parts of the world. However, the failure of these water points is shockingly high, a third in many African and Asian countries and often much higher.
New communications technology is opening up the possibilities for 'Smart Handpumps' - handpumps that actively record how and when they are used and transmits that data to an organisation who can use that information to (a) mobilise targeted maintenance and repairs; (b) identity priority areas for future improvements and investments; (c) to understand the user needs better, and main other reasons that shift rural water supply away from 'fire-and-forget' projects and towards water services that last and that reach everyone.
7th RWSN Forum 29 Nov-2 Dec : Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Project start: 2016 • Project finished: 2016
Collaborators: RWSN Executive Steering Committee
29th November – 2nd December, 2016. The RWSN Forum is the foremost global event on rural water services and takes place every 5 years. We anticipate 650 participants from all over the world at the 2016 event which is in English and French.
Globally, use of improved drinking water services in rural areas rose from 62% to 84% from 1990 to 2015. Investment in rural water works, but there is still need to:
1) Achieving universal access – water for everyone
2) Ensure that services improve over time
3) Bring about sustainable services
4) Link water supply with water resources management
The 7th RWSN Forum will explore how we are going to reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in rural areas and small towns? What has worked well in the past? What needs to be done differently in the future? Come and share your experiences of success and failure and learn from others.
Cost-Effective Boreholes Striving for Professionalism
Project start: 2005 • Project finished: 2017
Collaborators: Skat, UNICEF, WaterAid
Funder: Currently: UNICEF, Skat, WaterAid, SDC; In the past: WSP, USAID, Aqua for All
Since 2005, RWSN’s work on Cost-effective boreholes has been supported by WSP-AF, UNICEF, SDC and USAID. Coordination activities have comprised up to two-person months per year by Kerstin Danert (Skat). Additional financial support has been provided for specific case studies, support to the drillers associations, the development of guidelines (published as field notes) and tools and the development of the Code of Practice.
Now, in 2015, we are pushing harder than ever for better, more cost-effectuve boreholes and more professional drillers. We are doing this through work to:
- promote the principles of Cost Effective Boreholes, through films, publications, webinars and events
- researching and documenting realities of manual drilling around the world
Documenting Rainwater Harvesting Experiences Global overview and country Field Note from Thailand: documenting successful experiences in DRWH
Project start: 2014 • Project finished:
Collaborators: RAIN Foundation, Skat Foundation
Funder: IFAD, Skat Foundation
RAIN Foundation and RWSN are collaborating on increasing understanding and uptake of rainwater harvesting, and connecting with people who are looking for help in implementing these systems. This series of documents showcases some of the innovative approaches being undertaken around the world.
Myths of Rural Water Supply Learning from past failures, building on successes
Project start: 2010 • Project finished:
Collaborators: UNICEF, Skat, WaterAid, Water & Sanitation Program, African Development Bank, Swiss Development Cooperation
Ensuring that rural dwellers around the world do not have to walk for hours to collect sufficient and safe drinking water is a huge challenge. In 2010, RWSN published "Myths of the Rural Water Supply Sector" which raises issues for those of us who are involved in trying to improve rural water supplies, whether as donor, Government or NGO; program manager or practitioner. It takes a hard look at our limited achievements, points to areas where our approaches need to be radically improved and sets some challenges.
Professionalising Manual Drilling UNICEF, Skat Foundation
Project start: 2013 • Project finished: 2014
Collaborators: UNICEF, Skat Foundation
Funder: UNICEF, Skat Foundation
Building and supporting local enterprises to develop markets and undertake manual drilling in a professional manner.
Rain for Food Security webinars Interactive webinars that aim promote sharing of knowledge and experience in rainwater harvesting
Project start: 2013 • Project finished:
Collaborators: RAIN Foundation, Skat Foundation
The idea is simple. There is hardly a place in the world where it never rains. Rainwater belongs to everyone. And the methods to collect, store, use and reuse rainwater (to ‘harvest’ rainwater) are easy to apply. So why not spread those methods around the world?
RAIN Foundation and RWSN are collaborating on increasing understanding and uptake of rainwater harvesting, and connecting with people who are looking for help in implementing these systems.
This series of webinars show cases some of the innovative approaches being undertaken around the world.
REACH: Improving water security for the poor A global research programme to improve water security for millions of poor people in Asia and Africa.
Project start: 2015 • Project finished: 2022
Collaborators: Oxford University, UNICEF, Water and Land Resource Centre, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, icddr,b, University of Dhaka, University of Nairobi, IFPRI, IWA, RWSN, IRC.
REACH is a seven-year, global programme of research (2015-2022) led by Oxford University and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) that aims to improve water security for over 5 million poor people by 2022.
As a Research into Action partner, the Rural Water Supply Network will support the design and implementation of the programme’s communications strategy, supporting the uptake of the research findings and ensuring that they translate into positive policy and practice outcomes.
Southern Africa Self-supply Study Review of Self-supply and its support services in African countries
Project start: 2015 • Project finished: 2016
Collaborators: UNICEF, Skat
Over the recent decades, in many countries, significant progress has been achieved in improving access to rural water supplies. However, it will be almost impossible to reach universal access by using community supply models alone, as this approach will simply be too costly. For achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring universal access to water for all, new approaches and a shift in mindset and policies are needed.
Supported Self-supply is a very cost effective service delivery approach which is complementary to communal supplies, is aligned with Human Rights principles, supports equity and inclusiveness and achieving several SDGs.
Project start: 2013 • Project finished: 2014
Collaborators: Skat Foundation, Ministry of Water Resources Sierra Leone, WASH Facility Sierra Leone, UKaid
Funder: Department for International Development
Borehole drilling is relatively underdeveloped in Sierra Leone compared to other countries in West Africa despite its potential. An eight-month project “Tapping Treasure: Cost-effective boreholes in Sierra Leone” supports: (i) government and NGOs to develop their capacity to manage borehole drilling and (ii) drillers to manage risks. The project will contribute to increasing the demand for boreholes, reducing the cost of drilling and improving construction quality.
UPGro - Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor
Project start: 2013 • Project finished: 2019
Collaborators: Skat Foundation, Richard Carter & Associates + research teams from across Africa and Europe.
Funder: UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and in principle the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
A social and natural science approach to enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor.
Une approche par les sciences sociales et naturelles pour une utilisation durable des eaux souterraines en faveur des populations pauvres
Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro), is a new seven-year international research programme which is jointly funded by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It focuses on improving the evidence base around groundwater availability and management in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to enable developing countries and partners in SSA to use groundwater in a sustainable way in order to benefit the poor.
WASHTech Bringing innovative WASH technologies to Africa
Project start: 2011 • Project finished: 2013
Collaborators: WaterAid, IRC, Skat, Netwas, Knust, WSFA
Funder: European Union Framework Protocol 7
This EU-funded project is developing and testing a Technology Assessment Framework (TAF) to allow governments, donors and NGOs to evaluate the usefulness of new technologies for a specific national, regional or local context, and support promising technologies from piloting to mainstream use.
Writing Course for WASH Professionals Skat, WaterAid, SHARE, Waterlines Journal
Project start: 2012 • Project finished: -
Collaborators: RWSN, Skat, WaterAid, SHARE, Waterlines Journal
Over 2.5 billion have no access to improved sanitation and 780 million people lack access to improved sources of drinking water, according to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (2012). The numbers are staggering. The suffering is real. The challenge to overcome is immense. Success can only come through a combination of action and communication. Both are critical.
We have a vision where Water, Sanitation and Hy-giene (WASH) professionals are regularly sharing and learning – at all levels from districts to global networks. As a sector, we also need to reach out and communicate with wide range of audiences: politicians, policymakers, companies, water users, and the public in all countries.
We often have the content: experiences, data, pro-jects, methodologies and stories of success and failure. What we are often not great at is explaining ourselves to others in a way that leads to positive action.
We want to change that.